/Issued 3:11 PM CDT, Friday, July 19, 2013/
*24-hour rainfall map ending the Morning of July 19, 2013. Heavy rain in far Northern Minnesota, the Arrowhead and also over Upper Michigan during the last 24 hours. 1-3″+ fell in those areas. (Source, Midwest Regional Climate Center)
Local Storm Report for July 18-19, 2013
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota
*4:53 PM CDT 7/18/13: HAIL. 0.25″. 6 S of Littlefork, MN (Koochiching County)
*4:56 PM CDT 7/18/13: HAIL. 0.88″. 5 S of Littlefork, MN (Koochiching County)
*8:45 PM CDT 7/18/13: HAIL. 0.25″. 5 WSW of Ely, MN (St. Louis County)
*8:29 PM CDT 7/18/13: THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE. 9 W of Ely, MN (St. Louis County) 8″ diameter tree down over Highway 169 at mile marker 276.
*8:50 PM CDT 7/18/13: THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE. 4 S of Ely, MN (St. Louis County) A very large tree down on power lines near mile marker 290 on Highway 1.
*9:04 PM CDT 7/18/13: THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST. 42 mph. 5 S of Ely, MN (St. Louis County)
*8:08 PM CDT 7/18/13: THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST. 42 mph. 4 SW of Orr, MN (St. Louis County)
*11:00 PM CDT 7/18/13: HEAVY RAIN. 1.00″. Nashwauk, MN (Itasca County) Rain total in one half hour.
*11:00 PM CDT 7/18/13: THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE. 4 SSW of Spider Lake, MN (Itasca County) Tree down over Highway 38 near Johnson Lake.
*11:25 PM CDT 7/18/13: THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE. 3 S of Pengilly, MN (Itasca County) Large poplar tree snapped at base.
*1:20 AM CDT 7/19/13: FLASH FLOOD. 5 WSW of Grand Marais, MN (Cook County) Water flowing over Highway 61 near mile marker 104 and near Cascade River State Park.
*1:20 AM CDT 7/19/13: FLASH FLOOD. Grand Marais, MN (Cook County) The campground in Grand Marais experienced some flooding due to high water at a nearby stream.
-Thursday had decent potential of being an active severe weather day throughout the Northland, but in the end nothing much happened outside of a few damaging wind reports in Northern Minnesota. (Source, NWS/Storm Prediction Center)
Note: Blue dots represent damaging wind reports.
Rainfall report for July 18-19, 2013
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota
Grand Marais, MN: 3.53″
International Falls, MN: 1.30″
Hibbing, MN: 0.28″
Ashland, WI: 0.70″
Togo, MN: 1.45″
Babbitt, MN: 0.97″
Embarrass, MN: 0.23″
Gunflint Lake, MN: 3.23″
Kabetogama, MN: 1.63″
3 E of Orr, MN: 0.92″
Upson, WI: 0.55″
Sarona, WI: 0.58″
-24 hour rainfall total of 3.53″ at Grand Marais, Minnesota on Thursday was the 5th highest 24-hour total in history. (Source, social media)
-The 1st 6 months of 2013 (January-June) have been the wettest on record in the following states in the Upper Midwest. Michigan (statewide average 20.80″) Iowa (statewide average 24.93″) Wisconsin (statewide average 21.85″) Illinois (statewide average 29.11″) Note: Minnesota had it’s 3rd wettest January-June on record with 16.93″ of precipitation. Only 1908 with 17.31″ of precipitation and 1896 with 17.83″ of precipitation topped the 2013 total. Also, Harmony MN has had nearly 35.00″ of precipitation so far this year, the average annual precipitation total is 34.63″. (Source, social media; Dr. Seely)
-3 days in a row with a high temperature of at least 90 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota (July 16-18) The last time we put together a 3 day streak of 90s happened in August of 2001 (6th-8th) Source, National Weather Service; Fox 21 TV via social media.
Today’s Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Changes are taking place as drier air moves into the Northland Today behind a cold front that moved through the area last night. Dew points This Afternoon have fallen into the 50s to around 60 degrees with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Skies ranged from partly to mostly sunny. Winds were out of the north or west at 10 to 25 mph.
Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Short Term Forecast – Confidence: High.
Tonight (July 19th)
A secondary cold front will drop south and through the Northland Tonight. Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a few showers can be expected Tonight. Isolated thunderstorms are even possible This Evening mainly over Western parts of our area. Lows will be in the 40s and 50s with north or west winds at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday and Saturday Night (July 20th)
High pressure builds into the Upper Midwest this period, but a disturbance and some warm air advection could lead to some showers at times generally in Western/Southern Minnesota, but a few showers can’t be ruled out as far north as the Brainerd Lakes and I-35 corridor. Highs Tomorrow will be in the 60s and 70s with lows Tomorrow Night in the 40s and 50s. Winds will be out of the north or east at 10 to 20 mph.
Extended Forecast – Confidence: High.
Sunday through Tuesday (July 21st-23rd)
A low pressure system with a warm front and cold front is forecast to move through the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest Sunday and Monday. This system could bring a few showers or thunderstorms to parts of the Northland Sunday and Monday with mainly dry conditions for Tuesday. High temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s on Sunday. 70s and 80s Monday and mainly 70s on Tuesday. Lows Sunday Night and Monday Night will be in the 50s.
Long Range Forecast – Confidence: High.
Near to below average temperatures are expected during this period. Could see a few showers at times sometime around the 26th-27th, otherwise it looks kinda dry.
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR
.Tonight… Partly to mostly cloudy. A shower is possible. Low 50 to 55. Wind north to northwest at 10 to 20 mph.
.Saturday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 66 to 71. Wind northeast at 10 to 20 mph.
.Saturday Night… Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 48 to 53. Wind east at 5 to 15 mph.
.Sunday… Partly sunny. High 65 to 70.
.Sunday Night… Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 50 to 55.
.Monday… Partly sunny. High 70 to 75.
.Monday Night… Partly cloudy. Low 50 to 55.
.Tuesday… Partly cloudy. High 70 to 75.
Normal temperatures for Today
Sunrise Saturday: 5:35 AM CDT
Sunset Saturday: 8:55 PM CDT